ERIC Number: ED445953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Population Growth, Energy Use, and Pollution: Understanding the Driving Forces of Global Change. Hands-On! Developing Active Learning Modules on the Human Dimensions of Global Change.
Since the beginning of the scientific revolution in the 1700s, the absolute scale of the human economy has increased many times over, and, with it, the impact on the natural environment. This learning module's activities introduce the student to linkages among population growth, energy use, level of economic and technological development and their combined impacts on the environment. The module aims to actively engage students in problem solving, critical thinking, scientific inquiry, and cooperative learning. It is appropriate for use in any introductory or intermediate undergraduate course that focuses on human-environment relationships. Following a guide and a summary, the module is divided into the thematically coherent units: (1) "Human Driving Forces of Global Change Background Information"; (2) "Population Growth Background Information"; (3) "Energy Use Background Information"; and (4) "Total Pollution Output from the Human Economy into the Environment Background Information." Appendixes list teaching aids, textbooks, data sources, videos and computer support, selected Internet sites, references on related subject matter, and suggested readings. Contains 8 tables, 24 figures, a list of acronyms, a glossary, supporting materials, and 66 references. (BT)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Demography, Ecology, Economics, Energy, Environment, Global Approach, Higher Education, Pollution, Population Growth, Thinking Skills, Undergraduate Students, Undergraduate Study
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC.
Note: Module developed for the AAG/CCG2 Project "Developing Active Learning Modules on the Human Dimensions of Global Change." For related items, see SO 031 087, SO 031 089-094, and SO 031 096.